Poland has become so popular as a location for IT outsourcers and other tech firms that companies are having a difficult time finding enough developers to fill available jobs. And that’s despite the facts that computer science is the third most popular major for Polish university students and that enrollment in computer science programs climbed 46.2 percent last year.
Polish e-commerce company Allegro Group predicts the country will have 30 percent more jobs to fill than available workers within five years. “Our IT department has developed very fast and it now employs more than 500 people in four different locations,” said Allegro’s Monika. “However, we are still hiring employees for new projects. This year alone we are planning to hire 180 programmers. The Warsaw office is in need of 80 people who can work with Java. But people who can program in PHP/HTML, C#, .NET and C/C++ can also count on work here.”
Despite the shortage of workers, salaries are fairly low in the country. Polish programmers make between 4400 and 8000 zlotys ($1255 to $2283) per month. The average wage for all workers there ranges from 3500 to 4000 zlotys.